With spring rounding to a close and the thought of summer weather on everyone's mind, we thought it would be the perfect time to return to our idiom series and explore some common travel-related idioms. When you’re learning English, you’re sure to come across these idioms in every day conversation. And you’d be surprised how many idioms involve forms of transportation, from trains to cars and boats.
Take a look and see which ones you’ve seen before and which ones are entirely new to you, then challenge yourself to incorporate them into your every day English. Have you seen any of these before? Take a look!
At a crossroads
Meaning: a situation that requires someone to make an important choice
Circle the wagons
Meaning: to provide cover under attack, especially against criticism
In the driver’s seat
Meaning: being in control of a situation, just like you would be if you were driving a car
In the same boat
Meaning: the be the same unpleasant situation as someone else
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Jump on the bandwagon
Meaning: to become part of a popular movement or idea
Put the brakes on
Meaning: to cause someone to stop doing something
Ship has sailed
Meaning: the opportunity to do something has passed
Train of thought
Meaning: a series of similar thoughts or connected ideas
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